What’s That Smell? #TMI Tuesday

Don’t judge a blog post by its cover. I doubt you’ll need to hold your nose while reading most of these questions and my answers. Enjoy!

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What is the last song you sang?

 

I perform songs here regularly as part of my Musical Monday feature. The last song I sang was “In the Garden.”

What place are you longing to visit?

 

I’d love to go back to Jupiter, Florida, to see my brother and his family. We always have a great time together. Maybe when this pandemic is over…

Tell us about the last time you were insulted?

 

A fellow blogger once told me I needed to be more creative. Well, I’m using my imagination to the best of my ability, and we are all creative in our own way. What’s creative to one person may not be as creative to another. I’m trying to develop a thick skin and not let such implications bother me, but it isn’t easy.

When was the last time you hung out with anyone not in your immediate household? What did you do?

 

I sang. I perform with a women’s choral group. For the first couple months of the pandemic, we didn’t practice at all, though we met a few times to visit via conference call. Then, at the end of May, in a peak of ingenuity, our director invited us to her home, where we practiced in her driveway. For the next few weeks, since it was warmer, we practiced on her patio, which was shaded. Then, one windy evening, she moved her car out of her garage, and we became a garage band, consisting of a keyboard and at least ten voices. I think that’s how we’ll stay for the rest of the summer.

 

Fill in the blank: I spend a lot of hours ________

 

 

Writing. When I’m not doing that, I’m participating in water exercise classes, reading books and magazines, and listening to podcasts and the occasional radio program.

Bonus: Which is worse–smelly feet or smelly breath?

 

They’re both bad, but what’s worse is the stench of fecal matter. During the six years I cared for my late husband, I dealt with plenty of that, and you can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

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Now, it’s your turn. To learn how to participate, click here. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

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Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Tips for Working at Home #Re-Blog #Essay #Writing

As a writer, I’ve been working from home for over ten years. But I imagine this period of social isolation due to the coronavirus threat can be stressful for those used to going to an office or other place of employment each day. Blogger D.E. Haggerty offers some tips to make this easier.

I’m already following some of these suggestions. How about you? Please feel free to share, either here or on D.E. Haggerty’s blog.

 

Via Tips for Working at Home

 

By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Re-Blog: Muddy Hands: A Poem

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.Have you ever done any pottery? If so, this poem should bring back memories. I’d love to read about them, or you can share them on Lynda’s blog. Enjoy!

 

Via Muddy Hands

 

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An Exercise in Creativity

A. Rose Hill, our state poet laureate, conducted a fun activity at our last Range Writers meeting. I urge all my readers to try it. I don’t think it’s just for writers. For those of you who are teachers, this might be something fun to try with your kids.

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First of all, write down the following list of words.

Anthropomorphize

Basilisk

Propinquity

Djellabia

Jejune Banjax Furlong Benison Glottis Acanthus

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Now, use each word in a sentence. If you don’t know a word’s meaning, make it up. Be funny if you want. Whatever you do, don’t scroll down past the three asterisks below until you’ve completed this task.

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Now, here are the actual definitions of these words. If you didn’t know their meanings, you can compare what you thought they meant with what they really mean and maybe have a good laugh.

Anthropomorphize—attribute human qualities to

Basilisk—legendary reptile; lizard like iguana

Propinquity—nearness

Djellabia or galabia—long, loose hooded garment

Jejune—not mature or childish

Banjax—smash or ruin

Furlong-220 yards

Benison—blessing or benediction

Glottis—space between vocal cords or surrounding structures

Acanthus—any of several prickly herbs of the Mediterranean region

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Now, here are my sentences. As you’ll note, I didn’t know the meaning of any of these words until now. Please feel free to share your sentences in the comments field.

Anthropomorphize: Dinosaurs anthropomized into humans.

Basilisk: I added basilisk to my spaghetti sauce.

Propinquity: I was disgusted by his propinquity.

Djellabia: For dessert, I fixed djellabia.

Jejune: I didn’t have a jejune wedding.

Banjax: After the hootenanny, he cleaned his instrument with Banjax.

Furlong: How long is a furlong?

Benison: To prevent my sinuses from clogging at night, I take Benison before going to bed.

Glottis: I supplement my meals with glottis.

Acanthus: He was diagnosed with cancer of the acanthus.

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Things I Want but Can’t Have

On one of the blogs I follow, I ran across a link to a site that provides daily journaling prompts. I was given to understand that if I signed up, I would receive such prompts daily by e-mail for a month. This was not to be.

On the first day, I received an e-mail saying that if I hadn’t seen that day’s prompt, it was because I hadn’t registered which I thought I did. I returned to the site and realized that in order to see the daily prompts, I would have to pay $10.00. I wasn’t about to do this since there are plenty of resources that offer free writing prompts.

However, I was able to gleam a couple of ideas which I shared with my monthly Range Writers group when it was my turn to facilitate our September meeting. One is to write several things about yourself. The other is to list things you want but can’t have. I chose the latter, and my list is below.

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Things I Want but Can’t Have

a swimming pool

servants

a self-driving car

my very own jet plane complete with staff

a trouble-free computer

self-cleaning toilets, showers, sinks, and appliances

a talking robotic vacuum cleaner

automated food delivery system

automatic doors in my home

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Now, it’s your turn. Make a list of either things about yourself or things you want but can’t have. Have fun with this, and feel free to share your list below.

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